Format btrfs in GParted

📅 March 9, 2015
btfs01Btrfs shows promise as reliable Linux file system capable of handling large storage volumes (up to 16 exabytes), but how do you format a hard drive with it?

If we open GParted, for example, the btrfs option is grayed out.

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GParted in Linux Mint 17.1. Here, I want to format a 250 GB hard drive with the btrfs file system, but the btrfs option is unavailable.

The answer is to install the btrfs-tools package from the repository. In this case of Linux Mint 17.1, btrfs is not installed by default, so GParted shows the btrfs option as grayed out.

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Synaptic showing btrfs-tools marked for installation.

Will Linux Mint 17.1 mount a btrfs-formatted partition without btrfs-tools? From my tests, yes. But btrfs-tools is required in order to format a btrfs file system.

Once btrfs-tools is installed, the btrfs option will be selectable in GParted.

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Now, Gparted allows the btrfs option for formatting.

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The partition has been formatted with the btrfs file system, and it is ready for use. GParted color-codes file systems for easier recognition, and btrfs is represented with a light orange color.

And then, the btrfs volume will be usable like any other file system in Linux.

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Nemo in Linux Mint 17.1 shows the available space on the freshly formatted btrfs partition.

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